7 Jewellery Designers and Their Favourite Maang-Tikkas and Headgears

From traditional mathapattis to eclectic headgears, 7 young, cool, jewellery designers show us how they style a gorgeous head accessory with their wedding ocassionwear...plus reveal their sartorial leanings for Indian weddings.

Mamta Gupta, Zariin


“Different parts of India boast of their unique jewellery styles and we at Zariin are enamoured by them all! For this head jewellery, we have taken inspiration from the Maharashtrian mathapatti and presented it in its most modern avatar. By giving a sculptural twist to this head accessory, we create a beautiful gold dipped piece with statement three-dimensional Swarovski crystals, that add to the unexpected. The geometric gold-dipped chain that runs across the forehead balances the piece withequal drama and style. Modern brides, or a troop of bridesmaids, who are looking to stepaway from the conventional domain into the experimental, can surely style this as both as a headgear, and, later, wear it as a necklace!”

Prerna Agarwal, Prerto


“This maang tikka is a part of our newest and one of my favourite collections, owing to howevery piece exudes a contemporary, relevant, yet timeless-glamour vibe. This maang tikka is actually inspired by an old, popular, traditional maang tikka of ours. We have recreated it with a 21st-century twist, using elements such as pearls, semi-precious stones, carved stones, and Swarovski crystals. You can wear this tikka to your own wedding, or someone else’s, it just depends on how you dress it up or down, which is what we wanted to achieve.

Some of my favourite ways to style a maang tikka are:

  1. Wear it solo and keep the earrings smaller—large studs, jhumkis, or smaller danglerswork really well so the focus is primarily on your headpiece.
  2. Style your jewellery with a hairband. It’s a really fun way to make a maang tikka look like so much more, and this way, you can wear the pieces again, later.
  1. I love a layered look with a headpiece with at least a pendant—or a pendant and choker. It creates the illusion of length, which is always wonderful!”

Divya Sawhney, Fooljhadi


“Maang tikkas and headgears are quite a statement themselves, so  less is always more.  I don’t believe in crowding’ one’s look . Brides can always team their headgears with studs and a statement necklace, and bridesmaids may decide to wear just the headgear and a chunk of bangles in one hand. The maang tikka I am wearing here is one of our most popular and one of my personal favourite styles at Fooljhadi. It can be styled in so many ways, as it’s not a very traditional looking piece, and you could wear it with Indian or Indo-Western outfits . One even has the flexibility of removing the centre piece andwearing it like a hairband , which will be a big trend for the festivities in 2020.”

Kaabia Grewal Shah, Outhouse


“Maang tikkas and headgear go way back in every culture. As a bride, the tikka completes your look; it is that one piece of jewellery that adds so much drama to your look . You could opt for a traditional piece...or a modern one, to stand apart. At Outhouse, we reinterpreted the headgear as a Mohawk, a very modern take on the accessory. It’s fierce and very different. You could pair it with a cocktail dress for your reception, or even a lengha…why take the old route?!”

Vidhi Gupta, Zariin


“The Patent Lust maang tikka was designed to be a refreshing head accessory. Maang tikkas tend to look very similar... We wanted to create a piece featuring a filigree and pearl combination, and blend it with Zariin’s signature uncut stone. We have used Citrine here, which is a beautiful, neutral stone that further enhances the wearability of the piece.When it comes to wedding dressing, a maang tikkas is our favourite accessory. Itbrightens up your face in an instant, and brings it in focus. In the near future, I’m guessing a lot of brides might choose to have only a wedding ceremony, followed by a reception party. With a mathapati, you can choose to wear your hair up in low bun with your dupatta on your head for the wedding ceremony, and completely change your look for the party by wearing your hair hair, sans a dupatta, and yet look ‘bridal’ by wearing a maths pati.

I believe weddings are when you can really flaunt your statement pieces, and I don’t shy away from doing that. I like outfits that are lightweight, so I can dance with ease, featuring intricate thread work, and in soft hues. I tend to accessorise them with oversized earrings that frame your face and a maang tikka is almost always a staple. I may add a ring or some bangles—gifted by my mom—for the perfect mix of fine and semi precious.”

Sasha Grewal, Outhouse


“Sitting on the head, like a magnificent tiara, a headgear makes a significant statement , creating a radiant frame around your face. This can be used for self-expression in unique ways, and one can experiment with how they wear a headgear, instead of following traditional norms. For instance, you could wear ornate, jewelled pins with a sleek maang tikka, or add fresh flowers to a headgear for a beach wedding.

The Kaabang Brooch is a beautiful narrative of the union of man and woman via the tiger and peacock motifs that are bound together with a rose-quartz, carved tulip in the centre. Handcrafted with intricacies and a lot of love, this brooch was designed for my sister’s wedding, so it carries a lot of emotion. The defining arc reaches its peak with the crown of the union on top, designed with Keshi pearls and celebratory feathers. A true celebration of love, the brooch is a unisex adornment for the bride or groom—or for anyone looking to embellish their look with a piece of art. I have dressed this brooch with a silk turban in a contrast of colours, giving the brooch an edge.”

Nitya Arora, Valliyan


“This maang tikka is from the Art Deco collection. It’s a ram head, and I love how it is Indian-wedding-meets-Gatsby. It is studded with Swarovski crystals and has a 3-colour plating, which makes it even more special. I believe it would work really well with a kaftan or a sari.

My personal ‘wedding style’ is to be the anti-clone. Often, I see women looking like clones in the same designer outfits and generic Polki jewels . I tend to mix and match vintage, heirloom pieces from my grandmother’s closet, with custom-made or self designed pieces. It could be my grandmother’s salma dupatta with a kurta I bought in Lucknow; or a vintagelace top from Paris worn as a blouse with an antique-border sari from my mother.

I always pair the outfit with Valliyan jewellery, mixed with my mom’s jewels. Maybe a modern, Swarovski choker from Valliyan, paired with a long, pearl string and gold earrings from my mom. Or a Valliyan headpiece and earrings, with my mom’s gold bangles. It’s always a mix and match for me. I love how much character it gives my outfit.”


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